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Breaking Taboo, Swedish Scientist Seeks To Edit DNA Of Healthy Human Embryos

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 4:07am

A Swedish biologist wants to change the genes of healthy human embryos to find ways to treat infertility and perhaps other diseases. The experiments intensify ethical questions genetic engineering.

If You Think Eating Is A Political Act, Say Thanks To Frances Moore Lappe

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 4:07am

When Frances Moore Lappe wrote the best-selling Diet For A Small Planet back in 1971, she helped start a conversation about the social and environmental impacts of the foods we choose.

'70's Food Movement Promoted Benefits Of Plant-Based Diet

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 4:07am

Frances Moore Lappe wrote the book, Diet for a Small Planet, which advocates a vegetarian diet. The book started a conversation about the political, economic and health implications of food choices.

'Genius Grant' Winner Is A Genius At Inspiring Students

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 4:07am

Engineering professor Rebecca Richards-Kortum wins a MacArthur Fellowship for inspiring her students to invent medical devices for the developing world.

Bioengineering Professor Who Encourages Creativity Wins Genius Grant

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 4:07am

The annual MacArthur Fellowships, also known as the MacArthur genius grants have been unveiled. One of the 23 winners is a ground breaking global health engineer.

Can An Airline Affect The Direction Of Science?

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 4:07am

Research collaborations often involve scientists from all over the world. A new study looks at plane ticket prices, and how they relate to the direction of science.

We Really Do Get A Little More Santa-Like, Physically, During The Holidays

Wed, 09/21/2016 - 4:12pm

All that holiday grubbing does indeed pack on the pounds. How much? Researchers tracked the weights of 3,000 people in Germany, Japan and the U.S. and found a weight spike after every major holiday.

How A 'Sixth Sense' Helps Simone Biles Fly, And The Rest Of Us Walk

Wed, 09/21/2016 - 4:01pm

Scientists are finally beginning to understand proprioception, a sense that tells us where our body is in space. Much of what they've learned comes from two girls with a rare genetic disorder.

3,000-Year-Old Cooking Fail Found At A Danish Dig Site

Wed, 09/21/2016 - 6:00am

Archaeologists have found the glassy remains of burnt cheese in an ancient pot. It seems trial and error is a timeless method to the madness of creating good food.

Astronomers Find Clues In The Case Of The Glowing Space 'Blobs'

Wed, 09/21/2016 - 5:01am

Blobs in space emitting eerie, unexplained light have been puzzling astronomers for more than 15 years. Now, they think they are on to the cause of the mysterious glow.

Farmers Enlist Chickens And Bugs To Battle Against Pests

Tue, 09/20/2016 - 10:24am

In an effort to turn away from chemical pesticides, which have the potential to damage the environment, some farmers are looking in a new direction in the age-old struggle against pests.

Reporter's Notebook: Pregnant And Caught In Zika Test Limbo

Tue, 09/20/2016 - 7:40am

Pregnant women in South Florida can get free Zika tests through the state's health department. But delays in getting back the results are heightening worries and may affect medical options.

When Blind People Do Algebra, The Brain's Visual Areas Light Up

Mon, 09/19/2016 - 1:07pm

A study of 17 people who have been blind since birth found that areas of the brain usually devoted to visual information become active when a blind person is solving math problems.

U.N. To Take On Antibiotic Resistance At General Assembly

Sun, 09/18/2016 - 4:21pm

The U.N. General Assembly will devote an entire day to the issue of superbugs and antibiotic resistance. Dr. Keiji Fukuda leads the WHO's work on the issue.

EPA Weighs In On Glyphosate, Says It Doesn't Cause Cancer

Sat, 09/17/2016 - 8:49am

The Environmental Protection Agency says that the country's most widely used weedkiller, glyphosate, does not cause cancer. The chemical has been under intense international scrutiny.

The Food Industry's Influence In Nutrition Research

Sat, 09/17/2016 - 7:45am

NPR's Scott Simon talks to Dr. Michael Jacobson of the Center for Science in the Public Interest about the state of industry-sponsored research and how it might influence medical and policy advice.

Cancer Immunotherapy At A Crossroads

Sat, 09/17/2016 - 5:00am

Doctors can now marshal patients' immune systems to fight some cancers. Yet many people don't respond to immunotherapy, and the costs of treatment can be astronomical.

HHS Issues New Rules To Open Up Data From Clinical Trials

Fri, 09/16/2016 - 11:11am

The aim is to make clinical trial data available to volunteers and scientists, even if a drug or therapy being tested turns out to be a failure. That could help identify serious side effects.

Yes, People Really Are Driving While Playing Pokemon Go

Fri, 09/16/2016 - 10:11am

People are playing Pokemon Go while behind the wheel — and then tweeting about it. And causing crashes. Immersive games like this can be even more dangerous than texting, researchers say.

How Risk Affects The Way People Think About Their Health

Fri, 09/16/2016 - 4:01am

Researchers found by telling people the risk of HIV is lower than they thought, they get people to act in safer ways. But when people think the risk is very high, they sometimes act less responsibly.




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